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WORLD'S BIGGEST SHIP IS ONE
OF MANY WONDERS
New York, July 9. In one corner
of the wheelhouse of the Imperator,
biggest ship that ever sailed the seas,
there is a glass case, containing what
looks like a set of organ pipes.
There are 28 ofhese pipes. From
each one a tube grinds its way to
some different compartment with
which each pipe communicates. If a
fire breaks out anywhere in the ves
sel, smoke will be forced up through
the pipe leading from the compart
ment where the fire is.
At, the same time an electric gong
sounds in the wheelhouse. An alarm
is sent back to the compartment. A
steam pipe is coupled on to the organ
pipe. In a few minutes the compart
ment is filled with steam. The fire
is out; the passengers did not know
there was a fire, nor did more than a
'o?en or two, perhaps, of the officers
. . u crew.
It's a wonderful bridge the Imper
kas. From it any part of the
ship may be reached by telephone!
There are 100 extensions from the
central exchange. The commodore
may be reached instantly in his pri
vate office, at his bedside or at his
table in the dining room.
The turning of a wheel on the
bridge closes the compartment bulk
heads. If the reaming, "Man over
board!" is given, someone on the
bridge touches a button, releasing a
life buoy capable of supporting two
men, which drops into the sea, burn
ing an acetylene light, which is ig
Perhaps you noted the word com
modore. This officer is the chief of
the Imperator's five captains. One of
the other four is known as captain
of the ship, he having charge of the
crew. The other three are called
watch captains. Thre is never a mo
ment when one of these five captains
is not on the bridge.
Also there are always six other
men on the bridge two officers, two
Bailors who act as messengers, and ,
two quartermasters, one to steer and
one to look after the telephones and
other mechanical appliancs.
Even the searchlight on the fore
mast is operated from the bridge.
In case of dire danger, with the wire
less out of commission, it could be' ,
pointed straight up to the Heavens $i
and by means of a key on the bridge
the international "S. 0. S." -could be
flashed on the sky a signal that
would be visible to people on a ship
below the horizon, out of sight of the
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VOTING MACHINE PROBE TO
START JULY 21
The Butts legislative committee .
will begin its probe into the $1,000,
000 Cook county voting machine deal
July 21, and expects to finish. Its
work within two weeks. Ex-Gov. De
neen, attorney for the investigating
committee, will be busy until the
opening session preparing subpoenas
for witnesses to be summoney.
The Cooper grand jury to probe al
leged vote frauds will be kept in ex
istence until the Butts committee fin
ishes its work, and the two bodies
may act in conjunction of it becomes
Special State's Attorney Northrup,
in charge of the vote probe jurors, .
sent out 100 subpoenas today for
witnesses. They will be asked about
charges that "floaters" were voted in
nearly every ward.
It was in a country village that
the swain had proposed for the hand re
of the village beauty and had been 3
He had bought the engagement
ring and was hurrying to the home
of his adored one. A friend stopped
him to make inquiry concerning his
"Hello, there, Bob! Is there-a fire?"
"Yes," replied Bob, with what
breath he had left; "my heart's on
fire and I'm going how to ring the